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Band of the Hand (1986)

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Five juvenile lost causes are sent to the Everglades where a war veteran tries to reform them using survival tactics. Their new skills and resolve are tested when a Miami drug lord targets them for trying to clean up their neighborhood.


Leo Garen, Jack Baran
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Joe
Michael Carmine ... Ruben
Lauren Holly ... Nikki
John Cameron Mitchell ... J.L.
Danny Quinn ... Carlos (as Daniele Quinn)
Leon ... Moss (as Leon Robinson)
Al Shannon ... Dorcey
Danton Stone ... Aldo
Paul Calderon ... Tito
Laurence Fishburne ... Cream (as Larry Fishburne)
James Remar ... Nestor
Tony Bolano Tony Bolano ... Felix
Frank Gilbert Frank Gilbert ... Antoine
Erla Julmiste Erla Julmiste ... Celeste
Deborah King Deborah King ... Yvette


In an attempt of resocialisation, five hopeless juvenile criminals, J.L., a silent boy with 80s fashion sense who murdered his abusive father, Ruben, a Latino gangbanger, Moss, a African American gangbanger and Ruben's mortal enemy, Dorcey, an illiterate runaway car thief, and Carlos, a Cuban refugee turned slick yuppie drug dealer, are sent away from prison into the Everglades for a survival training under Vietnam war veteran, "Indian Joe" Tegra. When this is successful, they move back to Miami slums. However this offends the former illegal inhabitants of the rundown two story house they settle in, all loyal customers of drug baron Cream. The conflict escalates into a bloody gunfight, but what the boys don't know is that Cream is just a henchman for the merciless Miami drug lord Nestor, who also has Carlos' girl Nikki with him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They're back on the mean streets. But this time, they're the good guys.


Action | Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


Stephen Lang and Bill Smitrovich both went on to appear prominently in Michael Mann's later productions of Manhunter (1986) and Crime Story (1986). See more »


Nikki fires two rapid-fire shots from a pump shotgun without reloading. See more »


Ruben: Yo, man-where's the facility?
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Edited into Bob Dylan: Band of the Hand (1986) See more »


Hold On
Written by Rick Shaffer
Performed by The Reds
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Every Generation Has a Guilty Pleasure
16 March 2004 | by e_estrella_jrSee all my reviews

For my brother, "Billy Jack" was the film that was low budget, cheezy and darn good when it came to telling a story you really WANTED to hear. For me, it was "Band of the Hand."

Though I was in the ultimate conservative environment (1st school after Marine Boot Camp), I couldn't help but love the melding of "the establishment" and a bunch of kids who were definitely from the "wrong side of the tracks." Most important, it let someone show some teens that they could make a difference, even if the method might have been a bit much.

One more thing: Lauran Holly may have been "eye candy" for the movie but she DID have a powerful albeit limited role, and that impression has positively affected my opinion of her in later roles. James Remar (you ladies know him from Sex and the City) did a good psycho role as well.

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Release Date:

11 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,235,720, 13 April 1986

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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